Mothers are truly special. They care for us, comfort us, and are always there to lend a helping hand and sound advice. This year, celebrate the mother in your life with a lovely and elegant experience: our Mother’s Day Victorian Tea.
A traditional afternoon tea served in The Victorian Room at The Driskill, our Mother’s Day Tea will feature fresh scones, delicate tea sandwiches, petite fours and classic pastries in addition to champagne and premium loose leaf teas.
The ritual of afternoon tea was first introduced in England in the 1840s, when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, found herself experiencing “hunger spells” in the long stretch of time between lunch and the evening meal. She began enjoying tea, bread and butter, and cake in the afternoon, and before long, invited her friends to join. Its popularity quickly spread and afternoon tea soon progressed to a daily social activity among the English high class. By the 1920s, the event included many guests, pageantry, servants, silver teapots, elegant tea cups, musicians, and of course, the best tea around.
Today, afternoon tea remains a delightful way to gather with loved ones and celebrate. As one of The Driskill’s finest traditions, our Mother’s Day Victorian Tea has retained much of its traditional elegance and etiquette. To help you enjoy the best our afternoon tea has to offer, here are a few etiquette tips to keep in mind:
- Try a little of each food served at the tea.
- Look into, not over, your teacup while sipping. It’s polite!
- Avoid using milk and lemon together in tea.
- Pour the tea first, and then add the lemon.
- Be careful not to tip your teacup too much while drinking, keep it only slightly tipped.
- And most importantly, pinkies up!
Our Mother’s Day Victorian Tea will feature two seatings on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The price for adults is $49 plus tax, and the price for children is $25 plus tax. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling us at 512-391-7227.
We hope you join us for Mother’s Day at The Driskill.